CiSRA Puzzle Competition 2009 - Solutions
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You should snip the beginnings and endings of the horseshoe shape and join them up to form words. For example, snip "partic" from the beginning and "ipate" from the end to form the word "participate". Doing so all the way to the middle gives you:
You could also potentially start in the middle, snip out the word "one", push the two sides in to close the gap, then remove "two", and so on.
The word "backwards" gives you the clue that some of the words are backwards. The words form a poem:
one two eerht four
The backwards words are:
three times seven
Three times seven is TWENTYONE, which is the answer.